Atticus Admirable Father

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Did you know twenty nine percent of children in the United States do not live with their biological father? (Kreider) Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the sole parent to Jem and Scout Finch. He could be seen as too lenient compared to other parents in Maycomb.Atticus is an admirable father because he demonstrates honesty, equality, and independence for his children. Atticus may make some mistakes as a parent, but overall is an admirable father.
First, Atticus teaches Jem and Scout to respect everyone. When Scout is angry that Cal scolded her she suggests that Atticus fire her. His response was,”You think how much Cal does for you, and you mind her, you hear” (Lee 33). Atticus is saying that Scout should appreciate
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Atticus allows his children to go downtown by themselves or to the colored people’s church. He also lets Scout wear overalls which many ladies disapprove of. What can be seen as lenient is Atticus instilling trust and independence in Jem and Scout. Independence and trust are important for his children to learn as the trial approaches. When Atticus takes on Tom Robinson’s case he knows that Maycomb will be nasty to him and his kids. He says,“I just hope for Jem and Scout to come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town” (Lee 117). Atticus wants his kids to come talk to him if they have any questions about the trial. He teaches them to be independent so they do not buy in to the towns prejudice against Tom. Atticus trusts that his children will not lose their heard when someone says bad things about him representing Tom. This makes Atticus a great father because he has taught his children to stand on their own feet and form their own opinion. Other children in Maycomb do not know how to form different opinions from their parents while Scout and Jem are not afraid to disagree with others. Overall, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee might make a few mistakes, but overall is an amazing father. He is an amazing father because he teaches his children to respect everyone, treats them as equals, and promotes trust and indepence. While many children do not live with
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